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Lance, Kathryn

(1943-    ) US author, much of whose work has consisted of non-sf tales for children, almost always as by Lynn Beach [see selection in Checklist below], and other non-sf Young Adult tales. Her sf has been restricted to the Pandora sequence – Pandora's Genes (1985) and Pandora's Children (1986) – set in an environmentally degraded, Mutant-rife Ruined Earth where pluck and luck seem set to ensure a viable (and in romance terms satisfactory) future. [JC]

Jen, Gish

Working name of US author Lillian Jen (1955-    ), "Gish" being a reference to the actor Lillian Gish (1893-1993); almost all of her work, much of it related to her complex Chinese-American background, is nonfantastic, much of it being nonfiction. She is of sf interest for The Resisters (2020), set in a Near Future America where Automation has created a two-class society: the Netted, who have jobs; and the Surplus, whose guaranteed yearly income must be spent, as it were, in ...

Dragt, Tonke

Working name of Dutch East Indies-born illustrator and author Antonia Johanna Dragt (1930-    ), in The Netherlands after 1945; most of her work, much of it sf or fantasy, is designed for Young Adult readers, including her best known work, the Dragonaut series including De brief voor de koning ["The Letter for the King"] (1962) and Geheimen van het Wilde Woud ["Secrets of the Wild Wood"] (1965), a fantasy with a notable focus on issues of duty and honour. De torens van ...

Peirce, Hayford

(1942-2020) US author, in Tahiti for the most active decades of his career, who also wrote crime thrillers; he began publishing sf with "Unlimited Warfare" for Analog in November 1974 and established a name for lightly written tales whose backgrounds were unusually well conceived. "Mail Supremacy" (March 1975 Analog) begins a series of tales – much later assembled as Chap Foey Rider: Capitalist to the Stars (coll 2001) about an Anglo-Chinese businessman who brings Earth into the Galactic ...

Latham, Rob

(1959-    ) US critic and editor, best known for his criticism of the New Wave and for his work as an editor for the journal Science Fiction Studies. / Hoping to become a professional science fiction writer, Latham attended the Clarion Science Fiction Writers' Workshop at Michigan State University in 1985. During the summer of 1986, Latham, who was already a fan, took a science fiction class from Robert A Collins at Florida Atlantic University and Collins soon recruited ...

Clute, John

(1940-    ) Canadian critic, editor and author, in the UK from 1969; married to Judith Clute from 1964, partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. His first professional publication was the long sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly), though he only began publishing sf reviews in 1964 and sf proper with "A Man Must Die" in New Worlds for November 1966, where much of his earlier criticism also appeared. This criticism, despite some studiously ...



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